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Singer Lady A Countersues The Band Of The Same Name For Trademark Infringement

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Earlier this year, the band then known as Lady Antebellum removed the “Antebellum” from their name at the height of this summer’s Black Lives Matter movement, opting to go by Lady A in the future. Soon after, Seattle singer Anita White, who has performed under the name Lady A for over two decades, criticized the band for the name change. White and the band would meet to attempt to reach a compromise, but the meeting resulted in the band suing White to “affirm our right to continue to use the name Lady A, a trademark we have held for many years.” Now, according to Pitchfork, White has countersued the group for trademark infringement.

White claims that the band’s name change has resulted in “lost sales, diminished brand identity, and diminution in the value of and goodwill associated with the mark.” White’s countersuit comes a little over two months after the band sued her for rights to the name. At the time of their original lawsuit, he band claimed that were forced to sue the Seattle singer after “she and her team have demanded a $10 million payment,” a request White would explain in a lengthy statement:

“I asked for $5 million to compensate me for this loss, and to help me rebuild under a new name. I also asked that they donate $5 million to a charity so that we could work together to promote racial equality. […] I am hopeful that this fight for what is rightfully mine will help those damaged by this type of bullying and erasure in the past, and that it will prevent it from happening in the future. I will not allow Lady Antebellum to obliterate me and my career so they can look ‘woke’ to their fans.”

The full countersuit by White can be found here.

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Batwoman season 2 casts Jessica Jones star

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Not only will Batwoman season two introduce a new, well, Batwoman, the DC TV series is also welcoming a series of unseen villains for Ryan Wilder to contend with.

Confirmed for Batwoman ahead of its return in January is Jessica Jones alum Leah Gibson, who will play a henchwomen of newly-confirmed villain Safiyah Sohail.

According to Deadline, Leah – who played Inez in the second season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones – will play Tatiana (The Whisper), a skilled assassin who is “unflappable and cold as ice in the face of danger”.

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Related: Batwoman boss talks season 2 cast changes as Kate Kane is replaced by Ryan Wilder

Alongside newcomer Nathan Owens, who will take on the role of Ocean, Leah’s character will introduce an interesting dynamic. The Whisper is “still harbouring feelings for her powerful boss”.

Speaking of said “powerful boss”, Batwoman‘s newest adversary Safiyah Sohail will be portrayed by former EastEnders star Shivaani Ghai, who soap fans will remember as Ayesha Rana.

So far, Safiyah has had a large off-screen presence in the Arrowverse but has yet to be seen in Gotham City. Until now, of course.

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Related: DC Universe’s women of colour on casting “backlash” and why representation is so important

Meanwhile, in other Batwoman news, series boss Caroline Drier recently reassured fans that the show will address Ruby Rose’s departure as Kate Kane.

“We have two major stories this season as we come into season two,” she explained at the DC FanDome event.

“The first one is: Where is Kate? What happened to Kate? Is she alive? Is she dead? Is she missing? Is she on the run? Is she held captive? Is she lost?”

Batwoman will return for season 2 on The CW in the US. E4 airs the series in the UK.


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Little Mix ‘didn’t get support’ after winning The X Factor

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Little Mix have spoken about why aftercare for their contestants on The Search is so important to them.

The girl group were put together on The X Factor in 2011 and hinted they didn’t have a lot of support after they won the show.

Speaking to Digital Spy and others at a virtual press conference, the girls talked about the difference between being judged and doing the judging.

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Leigh-Anne explained: “Being judged is definitely more stressful, but it’s more about having their lives in your hands.

“That’s a massive responsibility and you can’t really prepare yourself for that, it’s intense… Judging and saying no and having their dreams in your hands, snatching away their dreams at the last second.”

She added: “I feel like we really do give amazing advice and constructive criticism, and I feel they have such a good experience on the show that even if they don’t do through, it’s something they can take away with them.

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“We didn’t have that really on the show that we came from… It was so important for us that we had that in place.

“We’ve all had ‘no’s in our lifetime and it really does affect you.

“What we want is to encourage them to come back and try again, it’s not over because you get one ‘no’. It’s really important we put that in place, definitely.”

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Related: The X Factor‘s Sinitta gives an update on Simon Cowell’s health after “very scary” back injury

Speaking about why the show was different from other reality TV shows, Jade added: “It’s fun, it’s authentic.

“We’ve been in this position ourselves so we can relate more, and that shows when you’re watching it. It’s just fresh and cool.

“It’s exciting and you really get an insight [into] the four of us and how we gel together as a group with our personalities. It’s really fun to watch, as well as seeing some incredible talent.”

Little Mix: The Search starts on BBC One at 7pm on Saturday, 26 September.


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30 best Halloween movies and shows on Netflix (2020)

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30 good Halloween movies and shows to watch on Netflix in 2020

The Halloween season is all about spooks and chills. If you are searching for a good fright, there is no streaming service with more Halloween movies and shows than Netflix.

Streaming services were created to supposedly facilitate watching TV and movies. Millions of TV and movie fans have cut ties with cable and opted to stream their entertainment. But with so many options these days, it’s difficult to know when and where to go to for the content we want.

This is particularly true during a holiday, and with Halloween right around the corner, horror fans and fans of Halloween movies and shows are likely scrambling to find good movies and TV shows to add to their Halloween binge-watches.

Many networks will be broadcasting classic movies, sure. Those Halloween movies and shows won’t air on our time, but on theirs. Netflix is the best place for a large variety of thrills. The streaming network has it all, from jump scares to truly keep-you-up-at-night features.

To help you find all the content you want this Halloween, we put together a list of the 30 best Halloween movies and shows to watch right now.

Some of the following Netflix movies and shows you may have already heard about due to how popular they became, including The Haunting of Hill House and The Babysitter movies.

Even if you’re always on top of everything Netflix has to offer, there may still be some Halloween movies and shows you have missed.

Read on and be sure to share with us if we missed any fun and spooky (or terrifying) Halloween movies and shows.

Halloween movies and shows: 30. In the Tall Grass

Netflix’s In the Tall Grass is not a movie that’s for everybody. If you feel you’re in for a wild ride that’ll take you on more twists and turns than expected, I suggest you add it to your list of Halloween movies to watch. Otherwise, I’d skip it if you’re searching for a more straight-forward feature.

In the Tall Grass is an adaptation from Stephen King and Joe Hill’s novel of the same name. The story follows a pair of siblings, Becky (Layla De Oliveira) and Cal (Avery Whitted), who stop for a quick break to stretch their legs after a long drive.

They pull up next to a large grass field and hear the cries of a young boy asking for help. Not long after Becky and Cal enter the tall grass, they learn the boy is not alone and that they may never be able to escape.

Halloween movies and shows: 29. Fractured

If hospitals already freak you out, Fractured on Netflix won’t exactly help the paranoia. The mystery-drama follows a concept you may have already read about or seen before, but that doesn’t make the mystery any less entertaining or easier to solve!

For a movie that’ll keep you guessing until the final moments, watch Fractured. The movie stars Sam Worthington as Ray, a man who drives his family to the hospital after his young daughter suffers an accident.

When his daughter goes in to be checked out along with Ray’s wife, Joanne (Lily Rabe), they never return. Ray demands answers when the hospital staff claims that he entered the facility alone. Is Ray insane or is the sketchy hospital up to something?

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